Western Digital Expands, Updates Red NAS Hard Drives
Powered by NASware 2.0 technology, the drives offer improvement in reliability and protection of customer data in the event of a power loss or disruption.Western Digital subsidiary WD announced the expansion of its Red NAS line of SATA hard drives specifically designed for home and small-office network-attached storage systems with one to five drive bays. The suggested price is $99 for the 2.5-inch, 1TB Red model; $79 for the 2.5-inch, 750GB model; and $229 for the 3.5-inch, 4TB model. Shipping currently through select distributors and resellers, the Red hard drives are covered by a three-year limited warranty. Powered by NASware 2.0 technology, the drives offer improvement in reliability and protection of customer data in the event of a power loss or disruption. They also feature 3D Active Balance Plus, an enhanced balance control technology, which is designed to improve overall drive performance and reliability. "WD led the category in developing hard drives specifically built for small NAS environments with the WD Red product line to service the unique environment of NAS and the growing demand for affordable, reliable, and compatible storage," Matt Rutledge, vice president of client storage systems for WD, said in a statement. "Through dialogue with our NAS partners and customer advocacy for WD Red, we saw the need for additional capacity in the 3.5-inch form factor with our new 4 TB offering, but we also wanted to deliver a highly reliable and compatible 2.5-inch hard drive built specifically for small NAS."
According to a report released earlier this year by IT research firm IDC, NAS is continuing to represent one of the fastest-growing segments of the worldwide small-office, home-office (SOHO) storage systems market. From both the revenue and terabyte perspectives, spending on NAS will continue to experience strong growth through the forecast period (to 2015), driven by a major shift of storage deployments toward IP-connected systems.